PENSACOLA, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Joshua Kaleb Watson has been identified as one of three victims who died in Friday's Naval Air Station Pensacola shooting.
According to our sister station WTVY, Watson was a 2014 Enterprise High School graduate. He served as squad captain of the school's rifle team in his senior year. He was also a member of the National Honor Society and French Honor Society, as well as a member of the school's JROTC.
Watson went on to attend the U.S. Naval Academy where he was named to the Commandant's and Dean's Lists. He competed for four seasons on the Academy's rifle team, serving as team captain his senior year.
In a Facebook post written by Watson's brother, Adam, he calls his brother a hero.
It reads in part: "After being shot multiple times he made it outside and told the first response team where the shooter was and those details were invaluable. He died a hero and we are beyond proud..."
According to WTVY, Enterprise Mayor Bill Cooper issued the following statement Saturday morning:
"The Enterprise community suffered a tremendous blow Friday upon hearing of the death of one of our own, Joshua Watson.
A sailor stationed at Pensacola, young Watson was killed in a senseless active shooter attack at Pensacola Naval Air Base. I do not know details of the attack at this time, but we know that Joshua was a hero saving his country at the time of his death. I am proud of him for his service and dedication to his country.
On behalf of the City Council, we offer our deepest condolences to Joshua’s parents and his family. We are shocked and saddened by the loss of this young man, who has been described by EHS officials as an exceptional student with a bright future. We are now left to mourn with Joshua’s family about what might have been.
He has made the ultimate sacrifice, and though we do not understand, we are grateful.
The City of Enterprise has endured losses in the past, including men and women of the military that have left us tragically, and too young. Once again, we ask our community to come together to pray for strength and comfort for Joshua’s parents, to mourn and remember him, and to pay tribute to his sacrifice."
According to WTVY, the shooting occurred in Building 633, which is part of the Naval Aviation Schools Command and where Navy personnel entering flight training first report.
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